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Ziegfeld and His FolliesA Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer$
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Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813160887

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813160887.001.0001

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Ziegfeld and His Follies

Cynthia Brideson

Sara Brideson

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter covers the Follies of 1918 and 1919. Lillian Lorraine reenters Ziegfeld’s life when he features her alongside his new infatuation, Marilyn Miller, in the 1918 edition. But the independent Miller dislikes Ziegfeld’s attentions and his attempts to micromanage her personal life, especially her romance with costar Frank Carter. Ziegfeld’s meddling spurs them to marry. Despite the backstage drama, the 1919 Follies emerges as the pinnacle of Ziegfeld’s revues to date. It embraces new trends, such as having a unified score written by a single songwriter (Irving Berlin) and including plenty of topical skits and modern songs. The chapter is full of rich descriptions of not only the Follies but also Ziegfeld’s dual nature as a benevolent yet controlling employer. Ziegfeld is now known throughout the land, but how long can he maintain his position as Broadway’s top musical producer?

Keywords:   Ziegfeld Follies of 1919, Irving Berlin, Marilyn Miller, Frank Carter, Lillian Lorraine, Eddie Cantor, Bert Williams

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